Lauren Beukes' Arthur C. Clark winning novel ZOO CITY has been named one of Publisher Weekly's Best Books of 2011. This is a terrific accolade which rounds off an eventful year for Lauren who has won a number of prizes for ZOO CITY as well as being shortlisted for several others.
ZOO CITY is also longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin prize. Initiated by the Dublin City Council, this is an international literary award and the winner will receive €100,000. The longlist includes another Blake Friedmann author, Manu Joseph for his novel SERIOUS MEN. The shortlist will be publicised on 12 April 2012, and the winner will be announced on 13 June 2012.
Lauren was also featured in a lead story in last week's edition of The Bookseller about the current sci-fi/mainstream crossover boom. Click here to read the whole article.
Praise for Lauren Beukes:
'Beukes delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the "urban fantasy" subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots.' -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
'Beukes's energetic noir phantasmagoria...crackles with original ideas...Beukes skilfully employs all the twists of first-rate noir...powerful indeed.' -- Jeff Vandermeer, The New York Times